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>> you are watching booktv, nonfiction authors and books every weekend on c-span2. >> although history might make only passing reference to the f1 hundred, it's not because they were not there in numbers. perhaps not as glamorous as other planes. their contribution to the war effort was a replaceable. >> beautiful, absolutely beautiful. this just seems so familiar to actually sit here. >> if we put it back together again you'll have to come see it. >> absolutely. >> absolutely. >> this was the airplane i flew in the am, this fairytale
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number. of the 226 combat missions i flew, i flew about 180 nations in this airplane. it's my titanium mistress. it's what brought me home at times when it probably shouldn't have. when i abused it, when i get things back in order to survive, punished it and it held together. it is an airplane that i have such strong feelings for. there's no way i could and bring it home, if i could. interesting story, i had a painting done by an aviation artist to paint my airplane in the battle garb and he asked me if i knew what happened to it and i said no, i didn't nobody knew somebody who did. and when i contacted the person that told me what was in massachusetts and that got the ball rolling but i said if there's anyway that we can bring the airplane in out of the cold and present it to our museum
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patrons in the combat form that it was, that would be my goal in life, and that's what we're working on. >> next weekend a look behind the history and literary life of macon, georgia, including a stop at the aviation museum at robins air force base on c-span2 and three. >> here's a look at the top 10 best selling nonfiction books according to publishers weekly.
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>> that's a look at the top 10 best selling nonfiction books according to publishers weekly. >> women's history for beginners
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is the booktv bookclub selection for the month of february. go to, you'll see right at the top, a tab this is bookclub and you can participate in our discussion at we will be posting video and reviews and articles up there tomorrow. so the discussion will begin tomorrow. we will also be posting on a regular basis discussion questions. hope you can participate. bonnie morris is women history for beginners is our february 2014 book club selection on booktv. >> it begins with a begin an important sense but it begins with the question of the relationship with nature to politics. they would both claim that their political views are based in an idea that politics have an answer to nature, human nature is the nation's and respect the different ideas of what that was. they're different ideas about ot nature means in political debate
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have a lot to do with the abuse that followed. payne offers an idea of nature that very much enlightenment sciences idea. he understands nature as a source of rules, and rules that govern the behavior of individual particles, if you will, and turned society itself, is basically a function of those particles. it's like physics applied to politics. not any simpleminded way. he understood that politics was in physics, but the basic rethinking of how do we get at the truth of what is the deepest kind of truth beneath politics. he thought the way to get at was to go to the beginning, to the origins of things and not the historic origins of the national origins, the prehistoric origins. that an enforceable understanding the human being in his pre-social state because society is just a function of human beings of many human beings together, and to understand society you have to understand the individual human
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being. he follows what is a very familiar political thought in british political thought, a model of the state of nature with understanding society. let us imagine society begins with independent individuals coming together and deciding we would be a lot better off if we lived together, if there was a mutual enforcer of law, protector of property in safety. that's how society is formed. exist for the purpose of has to be understood in answering for that purpose. any society that doesn't answer to that purpose, the pilots are right, doesn't protect our property, doesn't protect us from one another, is an illegitimate government and we have a right to overthrow. this is basically his vision, a familiar vision, a lock-in sort of vision. and from there he begins his article thinking. that means his political thinking is very individualistic, is very right space and is devoted to the idea
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of individual liberty in those kind of defining principles of political life. burke starts by looking at that and saying well, the problem is no one has ever lived that way. the state of nature is a thought experiment as anyone would acknowledge. but it's a very plausible thought expressed the notion being has ever lived outside the family, even outside of society. so to understand society based on what it would mean to live in a situation that no human being has ever lived and just maybe the most useful way to think about how the way i live. what struck him most was the radical individualism. burke's approach typical thought but also to nature itself begins in holes, not in part. it says his science commits nations more of -- he says human beings have always lived in society and we need to understand the human being and the path that allow us to be happy, the institutions that
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allow us to thrive within society. he always reasons about managed society. and in turn tries to understand what liberty means, what equality means, what society means they somehow people have lived in the real world, on what has enabled people to live in just and happy ways. to him, society has to answer to human nature and human nature is not the same thing as a kind of physics of political science. the human being is not just a rational animal so we don't just answer the rules. the human being is also a sentimental creature and is also an animal with animal needs and desires. politics has to recognize all of that because to ignore those things is to set yourself up for failure, is too great a system that only works with something other than human beings living in it. so his recourse to nature, what he finds useful in the model of nature is a model of continuity, a model of generation of
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inheritance, of how, over time, species improve, societies improve and it happens gradually. he's writing, of course, well before darwin and, therefore, evolution but what he offers is a kind of evolutionary model of change, building on what we have starting with the real world. trial and error. and so from these two very different models of nature you already begin to see some very basic differences about how we understand society. >> you can watch this and other programs online at >> this is really an instrument of the president. and that is always been the case. the president is always the master. i mention in the book presidents, and i served under seven and during my time, each come to get a sort of h


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